When Walter Tevis wrote The Hustler (1959), a novel about pool shark Fast Eddie Felson, pubic interest in the game of pool soared dramatically.
The story first appeared in Playboy in 1956 as a short story called The Actors, which Tevis expanded into novel two years later.
In 1961, Paul Newman starred as Fast Eddie and Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats in a movie of the same name.
“AUTHOR WALTER TEVIS”
— ONE OF A KIND — Deputy U.S. Marshal F.M. Miller adjusted the Colt revolver and full cartridge belt, shot a quick glance at a wagon full of prisoners, and then mounted up. Miller happened to be the only female deputy working in the Indian Territory in the late 19th century.
The Nov. 19, 1891, issue of the Muskogee Phoenix reported Miller won the appointment from the federal court at Paris, Texas, and most of […]
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— DIRTIEST CAMPAIGN EVER — The year’s presidential election ranks among the nastiest ever—campaigns laced with noisy and negative words and images, empty promises, threats, and pandering. But it’s not the only political crusade distinguished by its gloomy and cynical nature.
The 19th-century featured a heavy dose of political ugliness.
The 1828 election, for example, stands as one of the nastiest on record., a verbal slugfest between Andrew Jackson […]
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David F. Dodge, a Certified Public Accountant, looked across the room at his wife Elva, who sat in a comfortable chair reading a mystery novel, and said, “I bet I could write a better mystery than the one you’re reading.”
Elva looked up and raised her eyebrows. “Oh? How much would you like to wager?”
“Five bucks,” he said.
With a five-spot on the line, Dodge […]
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